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Inflammation, depression and the role of detoxification
Stress linked to chronic inflammation can cause depression. Explore this connection and ways to improve your quality of life both on and off the job. If you’re stressed and/or have been diagnosed with depression — a fairly familiar occurrence among veterinary practitioners — you may also have chronic inflammation and don’t even know it. The incidence of chronic inflammation increases...
Behavioral changes resulting from microbiome restoration
The potential of Microbiome Restorative Therapy (MBRT) to positively affect behavior in companion animals.  Evidence supporting the critical role of a well-functioning microbiome in the health of veterinary patients continues to grow. Research indicates that significant components of the immune response originate in the gut,1-6 supporting the claim that disease conditions may arise from damage to the gut’s microbiome.7-13 Exposure to...
Canine allergic dermatitis: a systemic approach to management
Canine allergic dermatitis is a clinical issue, best treated with integrative therapies that address local and systemic factors as well as key body systems. Allergic dermatitis is a common and challenging problem in dogs. This article briefly describes canine allergic dermatitis and its local and systemic components, including the influential role of the small intestine, liver, adrenal glands, central nervous...
Ergonomics in veterinary medicine
Ergonomics, the science and study of work, can teach us how to apply this information to optimize human well-being and overall work system performance. Ergonomics is about more than good posture and nifty gadgets. It is the science and study of work, and the practice of applying data and theory to optimize human well-being and overall work system performance. The...
Reducing cancer recurrence in canine patients
New research to understand the benefits of surgery and the recurrence of tumors in canine cancer patients after surgical removal. The relative risk of a cancer recurrence is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, according to a recent analysis by Oregon State University researchers. “You want to get all the tumor out if you can,” says...
CBD pet supplements -- know the law and prioritize quality
Before recommending CBD pet supplements to your clients, take the time to learn the laws and determine which suppliers you can trust. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the hottest topic in pet health, and many animal parents are eager to understand its potential to help their dogs and cats. Chances are, you’re asked about CBD at least a few times a month...
Pros and cons of bandaging horse wounds
When should a vet bandage wounds? A new equine-based study aims to create a more research-based standard for when bandaging horse wounds should be done. Should horse wounds be bandaged or not? A new study aims to create a more research-based standard for when bandages should be used. “We’ve been able to complete a descriptive study, showing what’s going on in...
CBD for cats and dogs
A look at endocannabinoid support and the tricky therapeutic and regulatory landscape of using CBD for pets. The cannabidiol (CBD) craze is in full swing all over North America. Recently, it was announced that even gas stations will be selling it, not to mention supermarkets, coffee shops and health food stores. Big money is being invested in cannabis worldwide, and as...
New interactive rabies map
An online interactive map that shows the areas within the United States that have pre-exposure rabies vaccination laws for domesticated small animals As of March 9, 2018, 36 states and the District of Columbia had pre-exposure rabies vaccination laws for domestic dogs and cats. Earlier this year, LawAtlas.org launched a comprehensive interactive map that provides information on state rabies vaccination laws...
Work-life balance: not the only answers for veterinarians
When taking steps to maintain your mental health and energy levels as a busy veterinary practitioner, you need to do more than achieve work-life balance. Veterinary professionals today must protect their mental health and energy. Recent studies show that as many as 85% are experiencing depression and burnout,1 while a study done in 2012 found that 19% had considered suicide.2...